Floods ebbing in some areas
Floodwaters in many areas of Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon were receding last night, having drowned one man and affected tens of thousands of people in the two provinces.
Two days and two nights of rain also caused flooding in four districts of Ratchaburi, where the water was still rising rapidly.
In Chumphon, low-lying areas of Tha Sae district were still inundated and farmers faced a shortage of fodder for their cattle despite the animal feed development institute's distribution of 230 tonnes of grass to farmers.
Thanakorn Trabunpruek, head of the Chumphon disaster prevention and mitigation office, said more than 20,000 villagers in Muang, Tha Sae, Pathiu, Sawi, Thung Tako, Lamae and Lang Suan districts were affected, with total damage to 7,330 rai of farms and 200 fish and shrimp ponds about 200 million baht.
Apichart Suwanwichian, 40, was killed.
In Prachuap Khiri Khan, governor Kittipong Sunanan said the situation was not worrying. There was no damage to farm produce, but reservoirs in every district still needed more water after months of drought.
On Monday night, forest runoff inundated areas of Pran Buri district, Sam Roi Yot subdistrict and four sections of Phetkasem highway in Pran Buri and Sam Roi Yot. The floodwater was 20-60cm deep, but the road remained passable to vehicles.
Sutheep Kaewsorachai, head of the Hua Hin weather office, said the low-pressure area covering Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Ratchaburi yesterday weakened and the weather would return to normal in a couple of days in Hua Hin and Pran Buri, though it would continue raining in Thap Sakae and Bang Saphan districts.
Hua Hin district chief Niphan Chollawit said all hotels, resorts and restaurants in the resort town had reopened, but Pa La Ou waterfall remained closed to tourists.
Ratchaburi governor Wongsak Sawatpanich said Muang, Pak Tho, Chom Bung and Suan Phung districts were still flooded after two days of rain. Suan Phung was hard hit by runoff from the Tanaosri Range and the Phachee river was rapidly rising, prompting urgent flood relief operations.
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